Okay. It felt like the time to express myself after all these years. When a school teacher won the contest to name Atlanta's new pro football team, it all started for me, 47 years ago. Tommy Nobis-first Falcon. Bless his heart-he was stuck on a raft of cast-offs and "how did YOU get into the NFL?". Then the lean years went on, and on. Those were the easy ones, kids. It got harder when the team got close. Near enough to that bowl that isn't a bowl. Pert near the ring so many bandwagoners west of us lay claim to. You know the one.
This is the team that contributed to the day my Dad's doctor said: "No more football for you!" I could understand it-the hair-pulling, screaming imprecations at third downs, referees, Keystone Kops stupidity (anybody remember when Dave Hampton had a thousand yards...and lost seven on the next play? Yeah.). Dad had had enough. Not me. I drive myself to the crazy train, and want to engineer the thing. I can't not turn on the TV in a sweat, wondering what now, what now?
Only A Falcoholic can understand what I'm about to say...I by God love this football team, and I don't apologize for it. My fanhood (and no one elses',either) ain't up for questioning. I expect trolls to do that. Never do I expect it from family. Just because we don't agree doesn't mean a change of heart when it comes to the best dern pro football team in the universe. Yeah, I said it. There will be those who don't think so. I just respectfully remind the world that myself and a lot of other people have been bleeding red and black before a lot of others were even born. Fans who have come to the party along with us do the same thing.
When Elway ripped my heart out, it was freezing in Atlanta that night. I had a speaking engagement the next morning. I didn't let it show, but everyone in that room knew. I want TG to get that ring. I want the Comrade, CMS, And Level Boss Blank to be justified by everything they have done and been through to build this team. I want to be able to say to any one who ain't family (and wants to act up in here): Bite me. Show yourself out. You hear me,trolls? This is the Atlanta Falcons Professional Football Club, and you by God better respect that. All you newer long-suffering fans-we understand. Dave and the crew are the best ever, and I'm proud that you let me hang around this place. Go Falcons. Come what may.